The Festival of the Sacrifice, Eid al-Adha, is one of two major Islamic celebrations and occurs on the 10th day of the Islamic month Dhul-Hijjah. It is during this month that millions of Muslims from around the world make Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Makkah. Hajj, the fifth pillar of Islam, is obligatory for all Muslims who are physically and financially able to do so. The rites of the hajj, which are of Abrahamic origin, include going around the Ka’bah seven times, going seven times between the hills of Safa and Marwa as it is believed that Hagar (Hajir, Abraham’s wife) did during her search for water, and pilgrims later standing together on the wide plains of ‘Arafat in prayer for God’s forgiveness, is followed by Eid al Adha, which is celebrated with prayers and the exchange of gifts in Muslim communities everywhere.
Eid al-Adha commemorates the willingness of the Prophet Abraham (SAW*) to sacrifice his son in response to a command from Allah (SWT*). The scriptures reveal that Allah (SWT) was satisfied with Abraham’s devotion and a sheep was slaughtered instead. Pilgrims in Makkah re-enact this scene by slaughtering sheep of their own and Muslims who can afford to in the rest of the world participate in this rite by slaughtering sheep, camels and cows locally as well. One third of the meat is distributed to the poor, one third to neighbors and relatives, and one third is kept by the person who offered the sacrifice for use within his or her own family.
Eid al Adha prayers will be held at several locations across Houston on Saturday October 4th. See the chart below for details.
*SAW: May peace and blessings be upon
*SWT: May He be Glorified and Exalted
EID AL ADHA SALAT SCHEDULE IN HOUSTON
River Oaks @ Eastside Street, 9:00 AM, Obaid Qazi
Masjid Bilal @ Adel Road, 8:30 AM, Eiad Soudan
Masjid As-Sallam @ Champions, 7:30 AM, 1. Yunus Khaerisman. 2. Mohammad Bilal
Masjid Al-Ansar @ The Woodlands, 8:00 AM, Yahya Suufi
Masjid Mustafa @ Bear Creek, 8:30 AM, Dilawar Shah
Cypress Islamic Center, 8:30 AM, Fahad Zaman
Masjid Aqsa @ Katy, 8:00 AM, Nasir Gabaj OR Mohammed Sami
Masjid As-Sabireen @ Brand Lane, 9:00 AM, Bachir Alaoui
Masjid Al-Maidah @ Medical Center, NO SALAT
Masjid Attaqwa @ Synott Road, 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 1. Elsayed Abdallah, 2. Uzair Ibrahim
Masjid Hamza @ Mission Bend, 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 1. Hamzah Ghia, Abdallah Oduro
Masjid Maryam @ New Territory, 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 1. Mamdouh Salama, 2. Amar Abdulbassit
Masjid Abubakr @ HWY 3, 7:45 AM, 9:30 AM, 1. Waleed Baysouni, 2. Yusuf Shere
Masjid Ar-Rahman @ Baytown, 8:00 AM, Hifzur Rahman
Pearland Islamic Ctr., 8:00 AM, Daniel Hernandez
Northshore, 8:00 AM, Hosam Farag